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November 17, 2010

NAB Statement Regarding Today's Retrans Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement today following a hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Communications.

Commenting, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton said:

"Today's hearing demonstrated that pay TV companies are cynically seeking government intervention into private business negotiations that are successfully concluded more than 99 percent of the time. If the pay TV giants succeed, there will be further migration of top sporting events like the Super Bowl and the World Series away from free TV, and a reduction in financial resources that sustains the delivery of quality foreign language programming, local news and entertainment to more than 30 million Americans who rely exclusively on over-the-air television."

Retransmission consent is the fair, market-based negotiation process by which pay-TV operators and broadcasters reach an agreement for the carriage of a TV station's signal. For more information on the market-based negotiation process, visit NAB's Policy Blog.

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